Issue III: hestia (hearth & home)

Free Verse Revolution’s Issue III will be centred around the goddess Hestia (Vesta), home, belonging, heart(h), family and our foundations. The deadline for submissions is August 20th, 2021

Issue III invites you to interpret the ideas of home, the hearth, belonging, and guardianship, as well as explore Hestia’s story or the cult of the Vestal Virgins. Home is not always a place. We seek belonging in people, in feelings and in our history. Family dynamics are often given rather than chosen. Do we perhaps all have a constant in our lives, like a flame, that if it should burn out, we will fail? And there is a dark history intertwined with the Roman priestesses forced into becoming guardians upholding the corruption of Rome with a facade of innocence and kept morality. What voice will you give to Hestia?

For this issue, we are accepting poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, visual poetry/art and photography. In particular, we would love more visual poetry/photography submissions this time to visually explore what home and belonging mean to our contributors.

Email your submissions to: (there is an email template below if you wish to use it).

Submission guidelines:

All pieces submitted should interpret the theme in some way and ideally not use the Issue title to title submissions. You will be asked to come up with a new title if the piece is named ‘Hestia’ / ‘Hearth & Home’, this is to avoid repetition across the publication. Please read the guidelines for each type of submission carefully. On acceptance, you will also be asked to provide a short bio.

All written submissions must be submitted on a Word document or Google doc. Any other format will not be accepted.

You are able to submit to multiple areas and it does not matter if you have been an Issue I or II contributor.

Poetry: you may submit up to four pieces for consideration but multiple submissions must be given a page each. Poems should not exceed 40 lines.

Prose: you may submit up to two pieces for consideration.

Creative non-fiction: you may submit two pieces for consideration.

Visual poetry/art and photography: creators may submit up to five images for consideration. Images should be crisp and 300 DPI.

Disclaimer: Free Verse Revolution cannot pay contributors at this time. Current donations go towards paying for the domain name on WordPress and for the time and work carried out by the editor.

Email template

Subject: Free Verse Revolution – Submission(s)

Dear Editor,

Please find attached my submission(s) for Issue II: hermes (the kaleidoscope).

Thank you for your consideration.

[Your name]